Archive | April, 2009

My Christian Blogs

30 Apr

This looks like an excellent resource for finding and reading numerous Christian blogs.

My Christian Blogs

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The Fray

29 Apr

So, The Fray then..

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It rained a bit in the queue, but it was ok because the girls knew to bring umbrellas

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Shall we sing a psalm for you, etc.

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Camp Ron

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Other highlights included the lesser spotted Steen

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Let Glasgow Flourish

28 Apr

The only message by which Glasgow, Belfast, London or any other city will flourish.

The only message by which Scotland, Ireland, England or any other nation will flourish

The only message by which your life can flourish.

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Calvin on Psalm 1

25 Apr

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Three quotes from Calvin.

Summary

“…they are blessed who apply their hearts to the pursuit of heavenly wisdom; whereas the profane despisers of God, although for a time they may reckon themselves happy, shall at length have a most miserable end.”

“Blessed is the man”

“The meaning of the Psalmist, as I have stated above, is, that it shall be always well with God’s devout servants, whose constant endeavour it is to make progress in the study of his law.”

Separate

“he (the psalmist) teaches us how impossible it is for any one to apply his mind to meditation upon God’s laws who has not first withdrawn and separated himself from the society of the ungodly.”

Falls TightropeAs Christians we are striving to complete a complex balancing act of living in the world but not being of the world.

Seeking to be simultaneously separate and participant yet so often we fail on both accounts.

How easy it is to begin to use the command to be different (1Peter 1:16) as an excuse to retreat into a holy huddle or that we are to be witnesses and part of our society (Mark 16:15) as an excuse to allow the pollution of the world to seep into our lives. We avoid building real relationships for witnessing with unbelievers whilst we can create a direct effluent pipeline into our minds through the TV we watch, websites we visit, books we read, music we listen to or conversations we take part in.

sewageWe are called not to be separate from people, our Saviour ate and drank with tax collectors and prostitutes (Matthew 9:10), we are called to a much more revolutionary separation; holy and separate from the ideas, philosophy and attitudes of the world around us.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

Ultimately Christ was the only one who obeyed these commands perfectly. He minstered amongst those who realised their own depravity (Matthew 9:12) yet lived a sinless life (John 8:46, John 18:38). His perfect sacrifice on the cross is the only means for salvation and only he can help us to strive to live our lives in the world but not of the world.

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School Prank

23 Apr

Utterly genius. Makes our attempts at Foyle look pretty feeble now.

Quick link to an article about how closely Christians should associate with those outside the faith. Interesting reading.

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Government Response to Anti-Abortion Petition

22 Apr

The Government has responded to the recent Anti-Abortion e-petition which was signed by over 5,000 people.

The petition read:

“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to deny any extension planned for the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland, as we believe in the right to life.”

And the Government responded by saying:

“Thank you for taking the time and trouble to sign this e-petition.  The Government has no plans to extend the Abortion Act 1967 to Northern Ireland.

Our position remains that any proposals to change abortion legislation in Northern Ireland are matters best dealt with by the Northern Ireland Assembly once it assumes responsibility for criminal law.”

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Abortion in Northern Ireland will be decided at Stormont, not Westminister
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The Gospel is for Broken Sinners

20 Apr